MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s top investigative agency says an explosive device rigged with metal fragments has killed 13 people at a college in Crimea.
Top Russian official in Crimea says the attacker was a student who has killed himself.
The Russian Investigative Committee’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko, said the device went off Wednesday in the canteen of a vocational college in the Black Sea city of Kerch. She said most of the victims were students and more than 50 people were injured as a result of the explosion.
Yet Russian news media, however, reported that at least some of the victims died in an attack by an unidentified gunman or gunmen. Russian officials wouldn’t confirm those reports.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that officials are looking into a possible terrorist attack. He did not elaborate.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that triggered Western sanctions.
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